10 must-attend UK project management events in 2015

Project Management L&D Consultant Darren Ley has compiled a list of 10 must-attend project management events in 2015, for anyone who works in the profession, is looking to move into the field, or simply has an interest in the world of project management.

TLD customer day – ‘a strategic and consultative approach to L&D’

Our next customer day, on 31st March this year, will be focussed on taking a strategic and consultative approach to L&D, with sessions on strategic programme management and outsourcing, and health and wellbeing in the workplace. Read this post to find out more about the day.

A year in L&D – budgets still constrained, but attitudes improving

This year, we conducted our second annual L&D survey, asking L&D decision-makers and influencers across multiple industries about their L&D spend, priorities and challenges. Here, we have compared and contrasted the results with last year's survey.

Five ways to bring out the leaders in your employees

Whatever your business, whatever your industry, strong leadership talent is essential, particularly in times of change or economic uncertainty when leadership can make or break a business. In this post, Head of Management and Leadership Capability Nichola Batley discusses how to bring out leadership qualities in your staff.

Developing leadership skills in the Thales apprentices

In November last year, Thales Learning & Development, in collaboration with The Outward Bound Trust, took a group of Thales apprentices to the Lake District in order to develop their leadership skills and behaviours against the Thales leadership model. The programme is extremely important to Thales, and the week had a big impact on the apprentices involved.

How to cultivate emotional intelligence in your staff

A high level of emotional intelligence (EI) in your staff can make them more effective communicators, able to build better relationships, more productive, and, importantly, able to quickly spot and resolve conflict,  all of which are extremely valuable traits in a business environment. Management and leadership L&D consultant Mike Davies discusses how to foster EI in your staff.

10 ways to foster a learning culture within your organisation

The word ‘learning’ does not just have to refer to putting people in classrooms or taking them out of the office on a week-long training programme. It can mean something more organic than that, more ingrained into the fabric of your organisation and the way people work every day. By creating and maintaining a learning culture within your business, you encourage an environment full of useful development opportunities which your employees will actively seek. 

Thales L&D to exhibit at Project Controls Expo 2014

Thales Learning & Development will be exhibiting (stand 26) at Project Controls Expo 2014 – The largest international Project Control event featuring international expert speakers, Master-class sessions, Case studies & Workshops, Technical presentations along with Partner showcase and a Project Controls job fair including Career Advice zone.  - See more at:

Ready to go Outward Bound again

Having thoroughly enjoyed putting the Thales apprentices through their paces on the Lake District-based Outward Bound programme in June this year, Nick Jordan is now gearing up to do it all again this time next week on 17th November, on a week-long programme designed to develop the apprentices’ leadership behaviours and abilities in line with the Thales leadership model.

The winning formula for employee retention and engagement

Two questions frequently asked by organisations are: how do we make sure our employees are fully engaged with the business and their role, and how do we hold on to our talent? All too often, employers complicate these two reasonably basic, and intrinsically linked, issues. It is usual for engaged individuals to work hard for an organisation, always seeking ways to add value, and these people are also likely to be retained. But how do you create engagement in the first place?